How Do I Renew My Mind?
In my walk with
God, there have been many times when revelation suddenly dropped
into my spirit, with such enlightenment that it literally changed
the course of my life. The truth that was revealed would saturate
every fiber of my being, so that I could instantly walk in its
assurance without even thinking, because it had become such an
integral part of me.
I thought this
could only happen as a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, until
God showed me that I could deliberately cause the principles in
His Word to become revelation anytime I wanted, with the same
results. So I went on an all out search to learn how to bring a
principle of the Word from my intellect (as read in the Word) into
my spirit. This is what is known in the Word as "renewing the
mind." My search resulted in this study.
renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the
new man which was created according to God, in true
righteousness and holiness."
do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that
good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans
"mind" in these scriptures refers to our new nature,
which is created or brought forth by God's almighty power at the
new birth. This new nature empowers a man to live a new life of
purity and holiness. To "renew" means to make new or to
There are several
ways to renew the mind:
to grant a share of or to transport. This seemingly requires no
effort on our part–only to receive.
example of this principle is when an anointed servant of God
transfers a gift he operates in by the laying on of hands. What
may not be evident to us is the deep surrender in our lives, and
the waiting on the Lord prior to the impartation. I do
not believe God grants such an honor unless there is a specific
purpose from God upon the person receiving the
impartation. A clear example is found in II Kings 2:9: "And
it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto
Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away
from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of
thy spirit be upon me." (II Kings 2:9)
is when God himself reveals truth directly to your heart. An
example of this principle is expressed in my first paragraph.
In addition to
meditation and impartation, the Lord can also use our emotions,
our experiences, and our worship to renew our mind.
For example, during
a moving worship service, when my heart is touched by the Holy
Spirit and my emotions are deeply stirred, tears run through my
face and my heart is wide open to receive. The more intensity I
allow into my worship, the deeper the Word that is preached is
received by my spirit. It has been scientifically proven that
there is an exchange between the spirit world and the physical
world at times of deep emotional trauma (such as sudden fear,
intense anger, deep loss, etc.). We can use this for our benefit.
When someone cuts me off on the highway and fear grips my heart, I
speak the Word over myself. I quote "God has not given me
the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind." (II
Timothy 1:7) It goes directly into my spirit.
A major aid
in renewing the mind is praying in the Holy Spirit for personal
edification. "For he that speaks
in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man
understands him; howbeit in the spirit he speaks mysteries."
(I Corinthians 14:2). These mysteries are hidden revelation (. When
I speak in tongues, the Holy Spirit of God speaks hidden
revelation to my spirit, depositing pockets of truth within me.
Those pockets burst forth at times determined by the Father,
releasing truths that revolutionize my entire being.
Major hindrances to
renewing our mind are belief systems opposed to the truth of God’s
word. A belief system is something I secretly tell myself, things
that my inner voice says to me. For instance, no matter how much I
meditate, I cannot walk in the truth "I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me," if my belief system is
"I am a failure, I can never do anything right." I must
first renounce the false belief system so that my spirit can
accept the new belief system from the Word.
Renewing my mind
requires desire and effort. However, the effort involved is
nothing compared to the vast riches of revelation that are
accessible to us. As illumination opens our eyes to the mysteries
of His Word, we are changed from glory to glory into His image and
likeness. Glory to His name!
ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Ghost."
"For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and
purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him
knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do
hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart." (I